Jujube

Jujube is one of the cutest names for a fruit in my opinion.  Whenever I heard the name, I think it sounds like a nickname that one would use on an adorable baby or I think of the little chewy and ridiculously sticky gummy candies that bear the same name.

When I first saw these small brown spotted fruit at Ranch 99 labeled "jujubes" I was really surprised. I had no idea what they were and I had no idea that there was a fruit with such a name.  I bought some just because of the cute name.

The little fruits taste a lot like tiny apples. I later learned more about these fruit, and realized I had them before, but never fresh.  Jujubes are also called red dates and the dried form is often found in chinese herbal soups.  I've had them quite a few times in soups my mom has prepared.  I used to call them little apples because the dried form looks like tiny, wrinkled, dark red apples. They even have a little stem just like an apple, and have a little seed inside.  Here is an image of a dried jujube.

My family never eats the fresh ones which is why I never tried one until I started doing my own grocery shopping.  I enjoy them.  They taste like apples, but are not as juicy as apples.  They taste a bit dry, and there isn't much flesh to each one since they are small. 

They usually are either all brown or are green with brown spots.  I don't know too much about picking jujubes. I've found the brown ones tend to be sweeter, but they are also a bit drier (since they turn completely brown when they are dried, I think these have started their drying process).  The greener ones have more moisture but are also more tart.  I wanted to buy a variety for this post, but the ones available when I purchased them were brown ones. I actually bought the ones for these photos from Zion Market.

   

6 Responses to “Jujube”

  1. Alzheimer  — October 15, 2009 at 3:46 am

    Hello
    I think I am also same like.I also had no idea about this kind of fruit.You are right that this jujube name is like a nick name.Thank you very much for sharing this information about jujube.

  2. Kirbie — October 15, 2009 at 9:44 am

    You should look for the fruit in your local asian supermarket and try it out sometime

  3. Carol — October 15, 2009 at 3:30 pm

    I used to eat dried jujubes as a kid and in soups and such. But I’ve never really cared for the fresh one. Like you, I find them too dry and just not worth the effort in the taste department.

  4. Kirbie — October 16, 2009 at 9:24 am

    Whenever I see these on sale, people are hovering over the area and buying them up like crazy. They taste okay to me, but I never understood all the fuss.

  5. Nini — August 24, 2013 at 2:17 pm

    we have many trees of jujubes on my island i love them i used to eat them wen ever i saw trees with them, there very tasty, and there are several types of them. on our island u have the normal small ones and than there’s the bigger ones that have more edible fruit to it, i recommend not eating it wen its green or light green yellow cause its not ripe than, i eat it wen their dark yellow/ orange/ brown than it has more taste to it. im really looking forward next year to going back to the island so i can enjoy more of the tropical fruits there. btw im from Curacao and live in Holland now.

    • Kirbie replied: — August 26th, 2013 @ 11:46 am

      I just visited my parents and there were jujube trees from the neighbors so I got to get a few.

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